Meriden man charged with animal cruelty in pitbull’s death

Meriden man charged with animal cruelty in pitbull’s death

MERIDEN — A local man faces an animal cruelty charge after police said he admitted killing a pitbull he adopted a few weeks ago after it bit his girlfriend.

Kristopher Schonagel, 30, of 244 Atkins St. Ext., was charged Tuesday with animal cruelty, a class D felony. 

On July 10, a man reported that he had heard that Schonagel had beaten a dog and broken its neck.

When officers went to his house, Schonagel told them he killed the dog, which he adopted a few weeks earlier, after having “numerous problems” with it, according to Schonagel’s arrest warrant. He further stated that after the dog bit his girlfriend on the arm, he wrestled it to the ground, broke its neck and stabbed it until it was dead, the warrant said.

Police found the body of a male black/brindle pitbull-type dog in the garage with several stab wounds.

Schonagel was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. The bail commissioner said Schonagel receives services from Veteran Affairs. The judge released him on a promise to appear on the condition he continues to receive VA services and has no pets in his home. The case was continued until Aug. 16. 

Lauren Sellew